By Josh Levine
The Bay girls basketball team forced visiting San Domenico into 27 turnovers on Friday at Letterman Gym, but shot just 14 percent from the field and only scored 10 points in the first half of its 53-24 Bay Counties League Central loss.
Both teams entered the game with matching 4-0 league records, and while the Breakers (10-7, 4-1) were much faster and handled the ball better, San Domenico (11-5, 5-0) controlled the paint with their height, led by 6-foot-3 sophomore Aminat Oladunjoye. Oladunjoye only had four points, but added six blocks and made the Bay guards think twice about attacking the basket.
“We have two practices to figure it out [before we see San Domenico again on Thursday],” said Bay head coach Larry Minnich. “Our kids haven’t had to face that kind of height, so we need to work on that and get them comfortable attacking that height. San Domenico is the biggest team we have faced so far and this is definitely a learning experience for us.”
With only six players on its roster – one senior, four sophomores and a freshman – San Domenico doesn’t have a bench to deal with injuries or foul trouble, but didn’t need it Friday.
San Domenico sophomore Lulu Bernstein scored 28 points to lead the Panthers, which also got 16 points from senior Sasha Nagusa.
“We’re building our program through our sophomore class right now. The sky is the limit for these girls,” said San Domenico head coach Mike Fulton. “Rachel Nagusa played with the flu tonight, Bernstein scored 28 and Aminat altered their attack. They all add something different to this program. Obviously Aminat is someone you build a program around, especially with her athleticism at her size.”
The Breakers trailed 29-10 at the half and ran their full-court pressure defense after the break in an attempt to wear down the Panthers, but couldn’t manufacture enough offense to get back into the game. San Domenico turned the ball over 18 times in the second half, but Bay could only muster 14 points in the final 16 minutes.
“We are probably the two best teams in the league,” Fulton said. “And of course we play them next Thursday, but we can’t have as many turnovers as we did today. We turned it over way too many times and we always lose when we don’t take care of the ball, especially against good teams.”
Lulu Bernstein – 28
Sasha Nagusa – 16
Rachel Nagusa – 5
Aminat Oladunjoye – 4
Michelle Chui – 7
Kendall You Mack – 7
Kayley You Mack – 4
Summer Johnson – 3
Iliana Ludocino – 2